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City Council Meeting Minutes--May 13, 2019

May 29, 2019

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE STAUNTON CITY COUNCIL, HELD AT THE PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING, 914 N. EASTON ST., STAUNTON, ILLINOIS ON MONDAY,  MAY 13, 2019

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER:

 

            Mayor Craig Neuhaus called the Staunton City Council Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, May 13, 2019.

 

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:

 

            Mayor Craig Neuhaus led the Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.

 

 III.      ROLL CALL:

 

            City Clerk Stiegemeier called roll with the following persons

            ATTENDING: Councilmembers Rick Johnson, Chad Plenske, Ryan Pritchett, Jeff Scanzoni, Mayor Craig Neuhaus, City Clerk Dennis Stiegemeier, City Attorney Phil Lading, City Treasurer Cindy Pirok, Police Chief Jeff Doerr and Public Works Director Mike Kuethe.

 

            NOT ATTENDING:  Alderwoman Maria Bodner and Aldermen Rich Garde, Ray Scroggins and Anthony Schrauth

                

IV.        OATH OF OFFICE

 

            Judge Ron Foster administered the Oath of Office to the following newly elected Aldermen and Alderwoman:

            Brooke Wallace – Ward 1

            Randy Hanks – Ward 2

            Chad Plenske – Ward 3

            Ryan Pritchett – Ward 4

           

V.        CONSENT AGENDA

                                   

Johnson moved, seconded by Plenske to approve Consent Agenda with the following items:

                      

Minutes 

            Regular Meeting – 04/22/2019

 

Collector’s Report

                                Staunton Super 8 Motel (Hotel/Motel Tax)--$1,977.15

                                 Staunton Police Department (Ordinance Violations)--$100.00

                                 Max B. Mullins Salvage (1989 Ford F-150 Pick-Up)--$341.55

                                 Max B. Mullins Salvage (2003 Ford F-150 Pick-Up)--$260.55

                                 Madison Communications (Franchise Fee)--$4,172.55

                                 Southwestern Electric (Utility Tax)--$909.48

                                 Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (Court Fine Disbursement)--$1,602.98

                                 Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (Police Vehicle Fund)--$22.00

                                 Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (FTA Warrant Fee)--$259.00

                                 Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (DUI Fund)--$64.00

                                 Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (E-Citation Fee)--$8.00

                                 Macoupin County Circuit Clerk (Restitution)--$50.00

                                 State of Illinois (Personal Property Replacement Tax)--$4,565.73

                                 State of Illinois (Sales Tax)--$43,557.56

 

              Applications

           

Claims

             April 30, 2019

             May 13, 2019

 

Business Licenses Issued

                          Feathers & Wings Foundation

                          Green Room Gaming & Grill Sales

                          Off  The Wall Chef Service

 

            Roll Call Vote

            AYES:  Johnson, Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni.

            NAYS:  None.

            ABSTAIN:  Wallace, Hanks.

            ABSENT:   Bodner, Schrauth.

            Motion declared carried  4 Ayes; 2 Abstain.

           

VI.       GUESTS

 

            Alderman Pritchett wanted to acknowledge and thank teachers John Davin and Larry

            Caldieraro, as well as their classes from Staunton High School, who recently made

            eleven picnic tables for the Fireman’s Park.  The City purchased the lumber to build

            the tables and these two classes at the high school put them together in a very short

            period of time.  A special thanks to both teachers and their two classes for doing this

            project for the City.

 

            Alderman Pritchett also made mention that an email was sent to Madison

            Communications requesting the most recent quarterly data from Madison customer

            service requirements.  Madison had sent a report to the City stating that they had

            met the standards, but Pritchett has asked for documentation.  The original email was

            sent on April 4, 2019 and as of this time, there has been no response from Madison.

 

 

 

 

VII .   CORRESPONDENCE

 

Received a letter from Brandy Cloud, Executive Director of The Macoupin Art

Collective, requesting to use the Fireman’s Park on Friday, May 30th from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. for a Girl Scout Troop workshop.  She is requesting to have the park rental fee waived for the event.

 

            Received a letter of resignation from part time police officer Joshua Bruhn.  The letter

            is dated April 23, 2019, and his resignation is effective immediately.

 

            Received a letter of resignation from part time police dispatcher Janice McGhee.  The

            letter is dated April 23, 2019, and her resignation is effective immediately.

 

VIII.   TREASURER’S REPORT

 

Investments recently cashed in at Bank of Springfield CDARS Program:

            Infrastructure Fund--$100,000.00 plus $1,121.92 interest

            Infrastructure Fund--$200,000.00 plus $1,604.38 interest

 

IX.      CITY CLERK’S REPORT

 

Received the Abstract of Votes from Macoupin County Clerk Pete Duncan for the

            Consolidated Election that was held on April 2, 2019.

 

            Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, the next regularly scheduled meeting of the City

            Council will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

 

X.        COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

            PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY  - 

 

Nothing to report.

 

            PARK & CIVIC IMPROVEMENT –

 

Motion by Scanzoni, seconded by Wallace to approve request from The Macoupin Art Collective to use the Fireman’s Park on Friday, May 30, 2019, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. for a Girl Scout Troop workshop, with the park rental fee being waived.  Ayes:  Johnson, Hanks, Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Wallace.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Bodner, Schrauth.  Motion carried.

 

            FINANCE–

 

Motion by Pritchett, seconded by Plenske to approve a 2.5% pay raise for all non-union employees, effective May 1, 2019.  Ayes:  Hanks, Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Johnson.  Nayes:  None.  Abstain:  Wallace.  Absent:  Bodner, Schrauth.  Motion carried 5 Ayes; 1 Abstain.

 

UTILITIES-

 

Motion by Pritchett, seconded by Johnson to accept Quote #3491 from Aquafix for lagoon chemicals in the amount of $12,879.70.  This is for an annual bug treatment at the lagoons.  Ayes:  Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Bodner, Schrauth.  Motion carried.           

 

            STREET –

 

Nothing to report.

 

            PUBLIC GROUNDS-

 

            Nothing to report.

 

            TOURISM –

 

Motion by Scanzoni, seconded by Pritchett to approve spending up to $12,000.00 for Ribfest expenses.  Ayes:  Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Johnson.  Nayes:  None.  Abstain:  Wallace, Hanks.  Absent:  Bodner, Schrauth.  Motion carried 4 Ayes; 2 Abstain. 

 

Motion by Scanzoni, seconded by Johnson to approve spending up to $7,500.00 for Art Fair expenses.  Ayes:  Pritchett, Scanzoni, Johnson, Plenske.  Nayes:  None.  Abstain:  Wallace, Hanks.  Absent:  Bodner, Schrauth.  Motion carried 4 Ayes; 2 Abstain.                     

           

            PERSONNEL –

 

            Nothing to report.

 

            ANNEXATION –

 

            Nothing to report.

 

            SPECIAL COMMITTEES

 

            Nothing to report.

 

 

 

 

            JUDICIARY—

 

1st reading of Ordinance #1986 Approving An Annexation Agreement With Tracy

Brooks (For Kenneth Brooks – Deceased) To Annex Property Located At 2213

Parksville Lane, Staunton, IL To The City Of Staunton, Illinois (Pre-Annexation)

 

1st reading of Ordinance #1987 Approving An Annexation Agreement With Jacob

H. Wilson To Annex Property Located At 16174 VFW Road, Staunton, IL To The

City Of Staunton, Illinois (Pre-Annexation)

 

1st reading of Ordinance #1988 Approving An Annexation Agreement With Chad

R. & Julie A. Matesa To Annex Property Located At 9354 State Route 4,

Staunton, IL To The City Of Staunton, Illinois (Pre-Annexation)

 

1st reading of Ordinance #1989 Approving An Annexation Agreement With David& Susan Cisler To Annex Property Located At 8954 Renken Road, Staunton, IL

To The City Of Staunton, Illinois (Pre-Annexation) 

 

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Wallace to approve Resolution #2019-01 Approving A Balloon Glow Agreement & Hot Air Balloon Tether Agreement With WindDancer Balloon Promotions, LLC.  This Resolution was tabled at the last meeting, but has been updated in Paragraph C, which states the City of Staunton as an addition insured.  Ayes:  Scanzoni, Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Plenske, Pritchett.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Bodner, Schrauth.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Johnson, seconded by Plenske to approve Resolution #2019-03 Appointing Connie Pritchett To The Staunton Public Library Board.  Ayes:  Wallace, Johnson, Hanks, Plenske, Scanzoni.  Nayes:  None.  Abstain:  Pritchett.  Absent:  Bodner, Schrauth.  Motion carried 5 Ayes; 1 Abstain.

 

XI.     UNFINISHED BUSINESS—

      

      Nothing to report.

     

XII.    NEW BUSINESS—

 

            Nothing to report.

 

XIII.  EXECUTIVE SESSION—

 

     Motion by Johnson, seconded by Plenske to go in to Executive Session to discuss

     Litigation pursuant to 5 ILCS 120/2 (c) (1) at 7:16 P.M.  Ayes:  Wallace, Johnson,

     Hanks,  Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni.  Nayes:  None.  Absent:  Bodner, Schrauth. 

     Motion carried.

 

     Motion by Wallace, seconded by Scanzoni to return to regular order of business at

     7:27 P.M.  Ayes:  Johnson, Hanks, Plenske, Pritchett, Scanzoni, Wallace.  Nayes: 

     None.  Absent:  Bodner, Schrauth.  Motion carried.

 

XV.    MOTIONS FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION –

 

            No motions were made from Executive Session.

 

XVI.   ADJOURNMENT

           

With no further business to discuss, Councilmember Plenske, seconded by Councilmember Johnson to adjourn at 7:27 PM.  All present voting aye, motion carried.

 

                                                                        Prepared by:

 

 

                                                                        Dennis K. Stiegemeier                                                                                               City Clerk

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